Eating healthily can be really tough.
There are a lot of opinions flying around that living a healthy lifestyle is “easy” and can fit into your daily routine, but that just isn’t true for the majority of people. A lot of people; parents, students, people in jobs with long hours, to name a few, can find it really hard to find the time to prepare home-cooked meals and eat healthy food.
Despite writing this vegan blog, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly the healthiest person on the planet! I’m lucky that I’m able to work from home a lot with my journalism job, but I’m STILL often too busy to cook properly (Deliveroo is my new best pal), and haven’t done a bit of exercise recently due to lack of time.
But there are small ways we can all find a bit of time during the day and cut down on all the effort when it comes to home-cooked food.
So here are my favourite healthy meals that take less than half-an-hour to make (with no fancy equipment) from ingredients to plate. Why not try one yourself and see how easy it is?
P.S. Timings are an approximate and will vary based on your oven temperature and how quickly you can do stuff like chop vegetables.
1) Stir-Fried Sesame Tofu and Broccoli
Ridiculously healthy, and great to have on its own or with rice, this dish is a great one to have during the week when have next-to-no time to cook.
Link to the full recipe is here.
Time: About ten minutes
2) Spicy Bean Tortilla Wrap
I have this meal all the time during the week, and it only uses one pan to make, so there’s virtually no washing up.
Fry two chopped spring onions and two chopped cherry tomatoes until tender. Mix in two tablespoons of sweetcorn and 200g of red kidney beans until hot through and the vegetables are golden brown. Add in about quarter of a teaspoon of chilli powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper. If you’d like, you can add chopped red peppers as well.
Serve stuffed into a tortilla wrap.
Time: About 15 minutes
3) Rice with Roasted Chickpeas and Vegetables
This one is a quick and easy mid-week meal, and it doesn’t need a lot of looking after, so you can do other things while it’s cooking.
All you need to do is: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Chop up one peeled carrot, half a red pepper, a tablespoon of sweetcorn, and a few “trees” of broccoli, and toss them in vegetable oil with half a tin (200g) of chickpeas and some salt. Roast them all for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, cook a portion of white rice. Then, serve them together.
Time: About 30 minutes
4) Baked Avocado
This one’s really easy, and great for a simple weekend lunch or breakfast.
Preheat the oven to about 190 degrees Celsius. Cut the avocado in half, scoop out the flesh and mash it in a bowl, mixing in two chopped cherry tomatoes, one chopped green chilli, one clove of garlic and a few crushed croutons. Spoon the mixture back into the avocado skins and bake them for about 10 minutes, until golden on the top.
Time: About 20 minutes
5) Courgette and Chilli Pasta
Put some water on to boil, and while it’s heating up, slice up half a courgette into long strips. Cook a portion of pasta for ten minutes until tender. Fry the courgettes in a little oil whilst the pasta is cooking.
Once the pasta’s done, mix in one tablespoon of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of chilli flakes, along with the courgette, and voila, it’s as easy as that!
This one has a bonus of being incredibly cheap, so pull this one out of the bag whenever you’re in a pinch.
Time: About 15 minutes